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Different types of lived experience as it pertains to suicide prevention work will be listed below. If you need to talk with someone to process any thoughts or feelings that come up after reading through this page

please reach out.

You are not alone and there are people who want to help you. A few types of options for reaching out are below. Thank you for who you are and for being here. Your story matters. You matter.


Text ‘SOS’ to 741741

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via a medium people already use and trust: text.


Call 1-800-273-TALK

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.


For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255

Chat by going here


Call 877-968-8484

Text ‘teen2teen’ to 839863

Chat by going here


Teens are available to help daily from 4-10pm PST (adults are available by phone at all other times!).

YouthLine is a free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. Contact us with anything that may be bothering you. No problem is too big or too small for the YouthLine!

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Llama a este numero 888-628-9454

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Call 866-488-7386

Text ‘START’ to 678-678

Chat by going here

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.

What is lived experience?

Lived experience is when someone has a first hand account of an event. It’s something that they have themselves lived through. When it comes to suicide prevention, intervention, and management, lived experience can be identified in a variety of ways from attempt survivors, losing someone to suicide, having used mental health services, experienced a hospitalization, visited an emergency department for a crisis, you live with chronic ideation, having a mental health diagnosis, supporting someone with any of the above experiences, and more. 

Why this matters.

Hearing from those who have lived experience is vital, especially when it comes to suicide prevention, intervention, management policies or programs. Hearing your insights on what works and what does not work makes a huge difference in proposed systems changes as you are the ones that experienced this first hand.

The lived experience advisory group is still in the initial stages of forming into a collective group. We are slowly recruiting people to the table with a goal of using our collective experiences to voice input on proposed Alliance activities, policy work, and other areas that lived experience voice is needed.

Group Meetings

This group meets one time a month for one hour to an hour and a half.
Right now, we don’t have a regular meeting day / time but will hopefully have one soon.

Interested in joining this advisory group?

Email Jenn Fraga at